Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: Daynight by Megan Thomason

Author: Megan Thomason
Publisher: Createspace

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Daynight was a great debut novel by Megan Thomason. Kira and Blake are recruited for a year long program at the Second Chance institute for their senior year. Kira doesn't know the truth about the SCI and accepts the contract to escape from a tragedy. Blake knows exactly who the SCI is and what they do and he is out to get revenge. Ethan grew up in the SCI and is instantly in love with Kira but forbidden from pursuing her by his parents. Everything they think they know is wrong and nothing is what it seems or appeared to be. They all learn the truths eventually and must decide what path they want to take.

The book is written from the perspective of Blake, Kira and Ethan. I really liked each character and liked that none of them were perfect and all had flaws. Kira is super smart and inquisitive but can be a little dramatic and hysterical. Blake is smart and will do anything for those he loves but he can be manipulative and distrustful. Ethan is sweet and devoted to Kira but he is secretive and lacks confidence. The love triangle was so crazy and convoluted and I loved it! Because each guy had his flaws and gave Kira pause for choosing him, it was easy not to get too attached to one or the other. Likewise, it was written so well that I couldn't decide who I wanted her to end up with but I also wasn't agonizing over it. I hate love triangles because of the anxiety they usually cause me so it was refreshing to have a love triangle that left me indifferent. The fact that it was not the primary focus of the story helped with that too.

I really enjoyed the plot of this story as well. There were a few times when the story got so intense I found myself a bit confused and I had to go back and read a paragraph or two before I realized what was happening. I loved that the author included scenes from the character's past as they related to what was happening in the present. There was also a lot of unexpected twists and turns in the plot and I found myself shocked and surprised more than a few times. I hate when a book ends on a huge cliffhanger, especially when I have to wait for the next book to come out. I was genuinely happy with the ending of the book as it didn't leave me screaming at the top of my lungs but still left me wanting more. The Daynight novella, Clean Slate Complex,  is expected to be released on April 22, 2013 and the second book, Arbitrate is expected out late this summer. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  1. I've read only great reviews for this book, so I'm going to read it soon. Can't wait! :)

  2. Great review Chelsea! I'm hoping to do a blog tour with this book in May! It sounded so good!

    1. Thanks! It was a really good book. I am looking forward to the next one.


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